Tigers win over Devils
Isis team racks up 60 unaswered points
ONE man stole the show on Sunday at Salter Oval.
In his first match for the ATW Tigers, Sekope Tua scored five tries as they smashed the Isis Devils 76-10 in the Bundaberg Rugby League.
After scoring the first try of the match, Tua completed his hat-trick before half-time as he helped the Tigers cover the loss of Tien Nguyen and Rueben Baillie.
Two more tries in the second half completed the best try-scoring performance in the competition this year.
After the match, coach Antonio Kaufusi was full of praise for his centre.
“He was unbelievable,” he said. “Most of (the tries were) from his individual brilliance.”
In a close contest, the Devils got the score to 16-10 after two players from Waves were sin-binned for high tackles.
Unfortunately for the Devils, that was as close as they got as the Tigers ran in 60 unanswered points.
“We got an experienced half in Masada and he’s a good talker along with our captain Dan McLennan,” Kaufusi said.
“They are playing their roles really well and getting the team around them.”
Despite the positives, Kaufusi was disappointed to lose players in the first half.
“We had to dig in after losing the two players,” he said. “I spoke to the boys at half-time and told them we need to work with the referee to make sure we were on the same page.
“To their credit it worked and it put Isis to the sword.”
As they head into the bye this week with a 5-2 record, the Tigers admit they have not looked ahead to a potential finals berth.
“Anything can happen with injuries and suspensions,” Kaufusi said.
“For me it is always a week-to-week basis.”
Meanwhile, Isis conceded the Tigers were too good.
“They’ve got a damn good side out there,” coach Paul Barritt said.
“The team did well – the first half we were in the game. Unfortunately in the second half we had to tackle too much.”
With an inexperienced team most weeks, Barritt said they would develop as the season progressed.
“Our biggest problem is we basically have a different playing roster play week-in, week-out,” he said.
“There are players out there who have played football for one year and are straight into A-grade.”
The heavy defeat today also coincided with the announcement the reserves team would not be playing for the rest of the season.
Barritt said it was due to numbers but was confident the team would turn it around next year.
The Devils will face the Wallaroos next week.
SIDE STEPPING: Warrick Fay looks for a way through for Isis at Salter Oval.